My story has had two central professional emphases. During the first half of life my focus was on corporate success. I received a B.A. (Economics, Denison University) and an MBA (University of Michigan). I rose to the level of officer and vice president of marketing for a publicly-traded wireless services company. Along the way I experienced large corporate restructurings and layoffs, and found myself scrambling to find a job on more than one occasion. My family moved across the country twice during this adventure. Toward the end of these chapters I ran my own business consulting firm while simultaneously funding and managing a tech-oriented startup for which I was awarded a United States patent.